So, today is the 4th of July! I’ll bet all of you are gearing up for some BBQ action, an ice-cold beer (PBR if your name is Vinnie), and some relaxation in the sun. What am I doing today? Well, I’m about to go buy detergent to do my laundry. Yes, my host family does have a washing machine….although I’m going to have to dry my cloths outside, which has been difficult lately on account of the rain.
If my celebration of American Independence sounds unpatriotic, don’t worry, I celebrated plenty yesterday at the American Independence Day party in Chisinau, sponsored by the US Embassy in Moldova! I was originally told the party would be on a golf course. I was skeptical, yet excited. My first thought was, “maybe this is how I’ll convince my buddy Kevin Mechtley to come visit me!” Well, as it turns out, my skepticism was warranted; upon arrival to the gate, I asked an older volunteer if the golf course was open to the public, and his response was “dude, it’s a mini-golf course.” Well, for all of you wondering whether there was mini-golf in Moldova…there is your answer!
The party itself was pretty cool. In attendance were Peace Corps volunteers and staff, Foreign Service officers, Embassy officials, interested Moldovans and others. We had a DJ, and later a live band, plenty of beer and Moldovan wine (amazing), and of course, hamburgers and hotdogs. I’m pretty sure that I was most excited about the hamburger. I had been craving a good ol fashion American hamburger for about a week now, and I was more than ready to put a couple away at the party. Well, as it turns out, I did eat a hamburger…but it was a bit rare for my taste, and decided not to go back for another.
Anyway, here are a few pictures, coupled with a Moldovan news report covering the event!
PS: I find out Tuesday where in Moldova I’ll be going after training, and what it is I’ll be doing!
Link to video of event